Sunday, June 07, 2009

Totally Tahlequah

You woulda thought we had taken them to DisneyLand.

But it wasn't Disney.

It was Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

We went to Tahlequah with Granny to visit the cemetery where her son Jimmy is buried. It is an old and intriguing cemetery where the kids enjoy reading the gravestones, making gravestone rubbings, and walking the grounds.

I personally become obsessed with exploring the late-1880's family plots
, like the one of James and Leila Staples, who had 5 children in 8 years, only two of them making it to the one year mark. It sure makes me appreciate antibiotics and modern medicine. I only need think of the Staples babies next time I become impatient in my doctor's waiting room.

"Fire-powa!" (You'd have to have seen Night at the Museum to get this one.)
Then, we spent the rest of the day at the creek that runs through Tahlequah.
The water was blue blazes cold! But once our feet were numb, it didn't matter anymore.
We caught minnows and crawdads and looked at all the wonderfully and crazily shaped rocks.

Granny's comment? She looked at me with a smile and the sun shining in her eyes and said, "It's a beautiful world!"
We discovered a tire swing down the way that we had never found before. It was a fun surprise.

We had a great day with Granny, Nana, Papa, Kiki, Ronda, Ana and all the kiddos.
It was a totally Tahlequah way to start the summer.

Even if it wasn't Disney Land.

10 Wonderful Responses:

Shannon said...

Looks like the PERFECT summer outing. Gravestones and all. : )

Kathleen said...

What a memorable day! And lovely photos as usual! We totally get "fire-powa!" around here!! :)

Amber said...

Ohh..Tahlequah holds a special place in my heart =) Thats where my grandma is from and alot of our family still lives there. We usually only get down that way once a year for our annual reunion, but i love it there. Wouldnt mind living there if my husband could find a job there. Looks like you had a great time!

Baloney said...

Too sweet our there with your grandma.
Nice tribute to NATM. :)

♥georgie♥ said...

That didnt happen to be the cookson cemetary did it?

I just love the pics-yes what a way to start off the summer!

momof4kr said...

Gosh...these pics brought back so many memories from my childhood.

I remember doing similar things with my cousins.

Good Times!

Heather Keith said...

Wish we could have been there! Hope we can join you next time! Love the tire pics!!

Anonymous said...

Ok, I have to admit. I would so run at the site of mud, but hey the tire swing looks pretty fun.

4 Lettre Words said...

Wow...really beautiful photos!

Dawn said...

Tahlequah is such a beautiful place.

Your pictures are just amazing and tell the story so well. =)